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<strong>#TheCOGBig4 – Amina J. Mohammed: Architect of Sustainable Development</strong>

#TheCOGBig4 – Amina J. Mohammed: Architect of Sustainable Development 

It’s another women spotlighting week on the Chief Original Gangstar series to celebrate Women’s Month 2024, today’s COG is one that makes us beam with pride and hope for the future of Nigerian society.

In this issue of Chief Original Gangstar and on the Number 2 spot of the Women’s Month “Big 4” list, our spotlight turns to an exceptional woman shaping the course of sustainable development. Amina J. Mohammed, the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and Chair of the United Nations Sustainable Development Group, emerges in our billboard as an epitome of hope in our Women’s Month exclusive.

Born on June 27, 1961, in Gombe, Nigeria, Amina’s journey is evidence of years of resilience and dedication, especially in a society as vast and diverse as Nigeria. With a British mother and a Nigerian father, she embodies diversity and bridges gaps in her pursuit of a better world. Amina’s early education in Nigeria and the UK laid the foundation for a remarkable career that has left an indelible mark on global development.

Amina’s journey into the development sector began with her work on the design of schools and clinics in Nigeria, demonstrating a commitment to accessible education and social services. Rising through the ranks, she served as an advocate and adviser to three successive Nigerian Presidents on poverty, public sector reform, and sustainable development.

In 2012, Amina joined the United Nations as the Special Adviser to former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, leading the charge for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the creation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Her pivotal role in this global agreement solidified her reputation as a key player in shaping a sustainable future.

Amina’s journey continued as she assumed the role of Federal Minister of Environment in Nigeria from 2015 to 2017, steering the nation’s efforts on climate action and environmental protection. Despite facing challenges and accusations, her firm commitment to the cause remained steadfast.

As the Deputy Secretary-General since January 2017, Amina is at the forefront of addressing pressing issues. Her recent remarks at the Middle-Income Countries Conference stress the urgent need for global solidarity and innovative solutions. Amina emphasises that middle-income countries, comprising one-third of global GDP, are essential drivers of sustainable development but face unique challenges that demand a second generation of solutions.

To unlock the full potential of middle-income countries, Amina calls for scaling up development finance, reforming the international financial architecture, and adopting measures of progress beyond GDP. Her vision for a more inclusive and sustainable world is quite noticeable as she urges unity and commitment to investing in hope for a better future.

Amina J. Mohammed’s story is one of courage, vision, and a relentless pursuit of sustainable development. As we celebrate Women’s Month and honour trailblazers like Amina, let her example inspire us to work collectively towards a world where no one is left behind; breaking barriers and building a brighter future for us all.

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